Friday, March 9, 2012

Cabin / Grub Shack Open



A few progress pictures of the cabin.
First step was to go to McCoy's in Alpine to get the blocks and concrete for the foundation. I got all I could carry on my little trailer, but there was a lot of lumber that I couldn't haul on it and I wouldn't have bought the lumber there anyway because they were way too high.

Second step was to head for Odessa to buy the lumber I needed because McCoy's priced the same amount of lumber $195 dollars higher than I could get it at Lowe's in Odessa and then they wanted the $75 delivery price on top of that. Ring brought his trailer down here and I followed him back and you see all the lumber I got on the back of his trailer.

Last picture is as far as Ring, Dave and myself got toward starting the build before the wind got too high and cool for us to go any further. Unfortunately Dave injured his right wrist early on and couldn't do any more work. He probably won't be able to do much for a while so I'll be doing what I can myself until Ring can make it back to help out more. The weather is lousy (cold, cloudy and windy) today so Ring headed back home because we wouldn't have been able to do anything today. Looks like it will be Sunday before I can get back to work.

Been busy adding other joists to make the platform 12 on 12. Should be a lot stronger floor. I have a little more work on that and tomorrow plan to see about insulating it.


BTW the Grub Shack is now open again and hopefully for good. Ring and I had breakfast there yesterday morning and it sure was nice to have one of Jerry's great breakfast sandwiches!

For those in the area that don't know its open again they could sure use the business.

21 comments:

  1. Nice start on the cabin. I assume it's your 12x16 design?

    ps: your security challenge is a pain! Do you really have problems with automated spammers?

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  2. rj, yes it is a 12x16. I think it will be a lot better than a 12x12.

    I think I have the word recognition disabled now? I'll try that for a while and see what happens. I think eventually all blogs without protection will be over run by spam from spam bots.

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  3. You are off to a good start. Hope the weather gets better for you and you can can some help with it.

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  4. It's still there....but it helps to scroll down to the "publish" button (not initially visible) rather than pressing the "reload" key (looks like the enter)

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  5. DD, I can do a good bit without help, but at some point I'll have to have help. Hopefully by that time I'll have some.

    rj, I haven't had any luck finding a way to disable that crap. Any other blog owners know how to?

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  6. Good to see you decided on 12x16 instead of 12x12. You won't regret the little extra cost. But....why 24" centers on the floor joists? Four more 2x6's and you would have had a solid floor. Just say'n ya know.

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  7. I am so happy for you Tffnguy. You are well on your way to your new home.

    Kudos to Ring and Dave for helping out. I hope Dave gets well soon. It is great to have such good friends.

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  8. BB, I have extra lumber and just for you by the time the floor sheathing goes on it will be 12 inch centers so I guess it will be a pretty solid floor. BTW the 24 inch centers was from Bigfoot's plans. I'm gluing and screwing all the joints with liquid nails (Also suggested by Bigfoot), adding more concrete blocks under the floor joists, will have hurricane clips on the roof joists and metal cross braces on all four walls. Hopefully it will withstand the damn high winds we get down here?

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  9. MsB, I'm a happy camper. I took Dave to the hospital in Alpine yesterday to get the attention the wound needed so hopefully he'll be back to normal pretty soon. Like I said its always nice to have good friends.

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  10. Glad you went with the 12x16. I started a 12x12 but wound up with a 12x 16 after thinking about it & glad I did. Hope it all goes well for you.

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  11. Jim, I'm glad I decided to stretch it to. I think I'll be a lot happier than I would ave been with the 12x12. Of course since I'm using 2x6 studs it will only be 11x15 inside.

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  12. I hafta agree with BB....we use 19/32 T&G OSB over 24" OC trusses for new apts all the time, but we also pour 3/4 to 1" of Gypcrete over the top. But the structural part is the supporting OSB.

    And as many get-togethers as you have ....it might be best to go 16" OC. Just run the OSB 8' side ..perpendicular to the joists. and get the tongues deeply into the grooves.(as it should be)

    IMHO

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  13. BF, I'm about half way through adding 2x4 joists between the others so it will be on 12 inch centers. They are also cross braced every 4 feet so it will be pretty solid.

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  14. How much concrete would it take to pour a 12 foot by 16 foot concrete slab?

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    1. Down here probably around $1500. I think they charge around $400 just to deliver the concrete.

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  15. I'm so happy for you that the GS is open again!!

    The build has started Yeeha!! :)

    Try this for comment verification:

    Open your blogger setting in the old Blogger GUI style programme. Go to your dashboard / settings / click on comments / scroll down to comment moderation (mine is set to "never" and UNDERNEATH that section it says "show word verification for Comments?" Click no and then save.

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    1. Thanks Dani, I think I have word verification disabled now?

      It'll be a good while before the cabin is finished, but at least I have something to work towards now.

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  16. Concrete poured at exactly 3-1/2" thick will yeild 80 SF for every cubic yard of mud. Around here in the DFW area it's running about $90/ CY...and that's with a "half truck" minimum..or 4 to 5 yards...PLUS fuel surcharge of $35-40. So it's gotta be pricey for South Brewster Co.

    BigFt

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  17. BF, I think Lee said he had about $1500 + in the concrete he got for his guest cabin. I think it is a 12x20 though. I guess that would be about $6.25 a foot.

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  18. Great news, Dave. It all looks good. So glad you're on your way to permanent quarters. Looking forward to the progress reports.

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  19. Allen, I guess it will get there one of these days.

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